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A 21-year-old member asked:

Does the itching of scabies disappear after treatment?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ryan Stanton
Emergency Medicine 19 years experience
After a while: The symptoms can persist for a couple weeks after treatment. Sometimes it takes more than one treatment, but even with killing all the bugs, it will take a couple weeks for the rash to resolve.
Dr. Robert Jackson
Dermatology 44 years experience
Yes: Yes but sometimes it can take several weeks.

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A 30-year-old male asked:

When does the itching stop after treatment from scabies?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Bates jr.
Critical Care 25 years experience
Few days after: Treatment starts in most cases but a little benadryl (diphenhydramine) cream may help.
A 43-year-old member asked:

Worse itching after treatment for scabies. Why does this happen?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
A couple thoughts: If you overuse scabies medicines it can cause skin irritation. You may itch for several weeks after tx because your skin is still reacting to the mites /feces.
A female asked:

I just washed the scabies treatment off and I'm itching worse than before. Why?

1 doctor answer5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Natalie Hodge
Pediatrics 27 years experience
Side Effect: The topical scabies treatments do actually cause itching because they are irritating to the skin itself. You can try topical cortisone 1% as well as zyrtec (cetirizine) antihistamine as needed for itching, then retreat with scabies treatment if not resolved within a week. Good Luck!
Last updated Feb 5, 2018


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